Ease Your Child's Transition Into Adolescence
As children grow into adolescents, their craving for independence grows, too. This can lead to conflict with the adults around them.
You probably can't avoid having some stress and conflict with your child. But there are things you can do now to make the transition into the teen years smoother:
- Provide a safe and loving home environment. It's the foundation for success.
- Allow your child age-appropriate independence. Accept polite assertiveness. Don't insist that everything always be done your way.
- Continue to set limits and explain why they're important.
- Teach respect by giving your child respect.
- Teach your child to trust you. Be honest and follow through on your promises.
- Demonstrate how to be responsible for belongings—both one's own and other people's.
- Expect your child to do household chores. All family members should contribute to the well-being of the family.
- Develop your relationship with your child by spending lots of time together. Read. Play games. Celebrate.
- Be willing to talk with your child about difficult or upsetting things. Be especially willing to listen when your child talks.
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